A 16-year-old Blue Earth Area High School student was killed in a one-vehicle accident last Thursday night according to a report from the Blue Earth Police Department.
Ethan Rorman, a sophomore at BEA, was driving a 2003 Ford Ranger on Leland Parkway when the vehicle left the road and rolled over.
Rorman was transported by Blue Earth ambulance to UHD where he was later pronounced dead, according to the report. He was reportedly not wearing a seat belt.
The police report also says two passengers, a 16-year-old male and a 15-year-old male, were wearing seat belts and were not injured in the accident.
The accident occurred near the west-bound rest stop on Leland Parkway, at approximately 10 p.m. on Thursday. The accident remains under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol, according to the police report. Assisting at the scene were the Faribault County Sheriff's Department and Blue Earth Fire Department.
BEA Schools superintendent Evan Gough says he was notified of the accident at 11 p.m. on Thursday.
"We have initiated our Crisis Response Team," Gough reported on Friday morning." That team includes counselors, social workers, school psychologist, school nurse and others.
The area ministerial association also brought seven or eight pastors to the schools to assist with helping students deal with the news.
BEA High School principal Rich Schneider met with each class one at a time first thing on Friday morning.
"I read a statement to the students, then explained to them the resources available to them," Schneider says. "We allow them to come and go from class as they feel the need. Obviously education takes a back burner during a situation like this. Our students emotional well-being is our prime objective today."
Superintendent Gough adds counselors will be available for students who need it for as long as necessary.
"We will have counselors not only in the high school but for all K-8 students," Gough says. "The younger students are affected as well by this tragedy."
Schneider says living in a tight-knit small community means everyone is connected and something like this affects many people.